So I recently finished reading Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind.
It is a compelling read which examines the history of humanity from the very first of the species to its potential future demise. It is done succinctly and with good humour, I would thoroughly recommend it! Below is a short video of the author explaining part of his thesis, though the book covers far more than just this topic.
Seventy thousand years ago, our human ancestors were insignificant animals, just minding their own business in a corner of Africa with all the other animals. But now, few would disagree that humans dominate planet Earth; we’ve spread to every continent, and our actions determine the fate of other animals (and possibly Earth itself). How did we get from there to here? Historian Yuval Noah Harari suggests a surprising reason for the rise of humanity.